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How To Calm Ourselves

Updated: Mar 15, 2020

Psalm 131

I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore. (ESV)

In this Psalm, King David (don’t miss that), says there are some things too high for him. And he is the king of Israel! The same is true for you and me. Some things are above our pay grade, beyond our capacity to change.

Steven Covey introduced the concepts of circle of influence and circle of concern. Our circle of influence is what we can directly influence, where we have some control. It’s your own life. Your family. Your workplace. This is where our active energy should be spent. God has sovereignly given you a circle of influence. Influence as God allows and empowers you.

The circle of concern is comprised of things that concern you but you cannot control. Specific to the corona virus, there are many things we cannot control. Italy’s problems are real...but out of our control. What’s happening in NYC or Australia may concern us, but we cannot affect it, or even respond to it.

When you spend your time and energy focused on the circle of concern, you worry instead of work, fret instead of faithfully respond. David says, “I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.” We shouldn’t either.

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